April 8, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – Three Sooners tallied home runs but it was not enough as the 13th-ranked Oklahoma softball team fell to Arkansas, 11-9, Wednesday evening. Sophomore Haley Anderson, junior Amber Flores and freshman Karolyne Long all went yard for the Sooners (30-12) but Arkansas (23-15) matched the OU output with home runs by Kayla Johnson and two by Miranda Dixon.
Arkansas got on the board in the top of the first inning after Jessica Bachkora and Tori Mort led off with back-to-back singles. Whitney Cloer then doubled to right center to score Bachkora and Mort scored on a bases load walk to Amie Hubbard.
The Sooners responded in the bottom of the second. After junior Lindsey Vandever reached on a one-out double down the left field line, sophomore Dani Dobbs reached base after being hit by a pitch. The duo came around to score on Anderson’s second home run of the season.
The Razorbacks recorded their own three-run shot in the top half of the third inning. Johnson singled to second and Hubbard was hit by a pitch before scoring on a three-run shot by Dixon. OU added a single run in the bottom half of the frame. Freshman Evan Sallis reached on a leadoff single and moved to second on a ground out. After reaching third with two outs, Sallis scored on Vandever’s single through the left side.
Arkansas tacked on another run in the top of the fourth on Johnson’s solo long shot. Oklahoma tied the game in the bottom half on Flores’ two-run blast to left center. Sallis scored her second run of the afternoon after reaching on a hit by pitch.
Oklahoma regained the lead in the fifth on Long’s solo shot to right center. The Razorbacks regained the advantage in the top of the sixth, exploding for five runs. Mort singled up the middle and Johnson and Sandra Smith walked to load the bases with two outs. Hubbard doubled to left center to score Mort and Johnson before Dixon belted her second three-run home run of the game.
The Sooners got two additional runs in the sixth when senior Samantha Ricketts reached on a one-out walk. Pinch runner D.J. Mathis moved to third on a single to right field by Vandever. Long drew a walk and Dobbs was hit by a pitch to score Mathis. Vandever then scored on a passed ball before the inning ended.
Anderson went 2-for-3 with the three RBI. Vandever was 3-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in one. Long also had a multiple hit day, going 2-for-3 with the run scored and RBI. Sallis, Flores and freshman Katie Norris added hits for OU.
OU starter Kirsten Allen went just one-third of an inning. K. Allen gave up two runs on three hits in her short appearance. Freshman Allee Allen picked up the loss, falling to 14-3 on the year. A. Allen gave up nine earned runs on eight hits. The two combined for just two strikeouts and six walks.
The Sooners return to action this weekend, taking on Kansas in a two-game series in Lawrence. Friday’s first pitch is set for 4 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s finale is at 1 p.m. CT. Oklahoma returns home next Wednesday evening, hosting Oklahoma State in the first game of the Bedlam series at the OU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. CT.